TWD: White Loaves

I was super excited when I found out that the Tuesdays with Dorie ladies picked Baking with Julia as their next cookbook to work through together. I baked a few recipes with TWD back in my Run Bake Read days, and am thrilled to be able to pick up the spatula with these ladies again over on my new blog. Plus, it’s a little extra thrilling to be able to start with them from the beginning of the project! The rules are a little easier this time: Two recipes per month–an easy one and a slightly more difficult one. February’s “easy” recipe was Julia’s “White Loaves,” and for the most part, it went well. I have a feeling I might have to learn to love old school kneading by hand, because my mixer about blew up after the ten minutes of working through this dough, but all was good apart from that. Once the dough rises (twice–a proof and a rise), you roll it out to form a loaf. When I read that some of the other bloggers were adding a cinnamon sugar swirl, I couldn’t resist.

In retrospect, I could have put on a hell of a lot more cinnamon and sugar, but I was still pretty happy with the end result!

I also made a standard loaf with no swirl, and I tried the recipe again this past weekend with a cheese swirl (that batch didn’t turn out so well at all; the dough just never came together! I still like the concept of a cheese swirl, though, so I’ll be trying it again at some other point, I’m sure.)

The second February recipe promises to be all sorts of chocolatey goodness–just in time for Valentine’s day! Keep your fingers crossed that I can pull out a more complicated recipe…

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